PSG squeeze through to final

French Cup


Paul Le Guen's side beat Ligue 2 hosts Amiens in the first semi-finals to win through to the Stade de France showdown on May 24.

French Cup Semi-Final
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 (Stade de la Licorne)

Amiens 0
PSG       1
Boli 78

Yannick Boli scored 12 minutes from time to give PSG a 1-0 win over Ligue 2 side Amiens to claim their place in the Coupe de France final.

The lower-ranking hosts were the better side for long spells but paid the price for failing to break down the visiting defence when Boli - the nephew of former France and Marseille defender Basile Boli - found the net with his fine individual effort.

The 20-year-old beat two defenders after collecting the ball from fellow striker Peguy Luyindula and fired an unstoppable effort past Amiens goalkeeper Benoit Benvegnu. It was a tremendous effort from the substitute, who had come on only 20 minutes from time.

Amiens' play up until the edge of the PSG penalty area was very good but visiting goalkeeper Jerome Alonzo had very few saves to make as a defence marshalled by Mario Yepes handled Amiens' strikers well.

This win means PSG stand a chance of securing a domestic cup double this season. They beat Lens 2-1 in March to lift the Coupe de la Ligue for the third time in their history and will now return to battling for Ligue 1 survival before preparing for the French Cup final against Lyon or Sedan on May 24.

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